Tennis in heaven…

You may never play tennis on the Centre Court at Wimbledon with a hushed crowd willing you to victory, but you can go one better: and play tennis outside your own cottage in the Brecon Beacons. Aside from the very real threat of buzzards, kestrels and red kites intercepting your lobs and swooping off with them down into the sky, there is no fresher air, and no more stirring or idyllic setting for a game than this ancient land of flat-topped peaks, endless views and green, eternal valleys.

Brecon Beacon Holiday Cottages offers a selection of properties with their own tennis courts.  Among our favourites:

Aber llech, a 17th century converted coach house is set in 60 acres, with a spa pool and a superb hard tennis court that offers, in our humble but sincere opinion, the best views of any tennis court in the United Kingdom.  The estate includes a small farm with free-range chickens, a pig, sheep and cattle. Tenants have access to prime trout and salmon fishing beats on the rivers Wye and Usk and their tributaries. It’s a short walk to the local village pub, the village-owned Shoemakers Inn which serves cask ales and home cooked meals. www.breconcottages.com/cottage-details/ABERL

Dovecote Cottage. The beautiful Dovecote Cottage, converted from the laundry, game-larder and dairy of the adjoining manor house, overlooks the Camlais brook, which flows into the Usk at the end of the garden after passing beneath the listed octagonal Dovecote, with its elegant weathervane. Just cross the ancient stone bridge is a one-and-a-half-acre walled garden, home to the resident peacocks that roam the estate. Visitors have exclusive use of a hard tennis court and are also welcome to explore the grounds across the river Usk, and enjoy access to over three miles of trout and salmon fishing. www.breconcottages.com/cottage-details/DOVEA

Alfreds Bull Pen is on a quiet farm with a few sheep, calves and ponies who graze quietly in meadows close by. The farm has their own private hard tennis court and an indoor squash court. It is walking distance from The Hardwick, an award-winning gastro-pub and easy reach of The Black Mountains and Llanthony Valley. Converted from the old bull pen, the architect has cleverly made full use of the original structure of the building, with large windows allowing plenty of light to fill this lovely space. www.breconcottages.com/cottage-details/ALFRE

Bryn Cain Coach House, which features both an outdoor tennis court and indoor squash court.  The granary itself has a spacious kitchen, original oak beams in every room and sumptuous décor of warm creamy fabrics and white linen. When you tire of tennis, there is fantastic hiking in the Black Mountain and Brecon Beacons National Park.  Come evening, you’re a short drive from some of the best restaurants in Wales including The Hardwick, The Foxhunter, The Walnut Tree and The Bell at Skenfrith. http://www.breconcottages.com/cottage-details/BRYCH

The Meeting Place located in the village of Llangynidr, a few minutes walk from two excellent pubs (both pubs serve good food) and a village shop. The village also has new hard tennis courts available to rent. The house is perfect for family groups and a good base to explore the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. The canal and river Usk are minutes away. www.breconcottages.com/cottage-details/MEETI

Penpont Courtyard Wing. Set in 40 acres of magnificent grounds on the banks of the Usk, this self-contained wing of the historic Grade 1 listed Penpont House is a cosy but spacious retreat stuffed with interesting paintings and objets d’art produced by local artists and craftspeople. The Wing has a private entrance via a picturesque courtyard, and sits in the middle of a 2000-acre working estate that features walled organic gardens (from which produce is available), an old Victorian Rose Garden, The Green Man Maze and a unique, bio-mass-driven heating system. Residents have access to an all-weather tennis court and two miles of Fly Fishing. Brecon 4 miles.  Sennybridge 3 miles. www.breconcottages.com/cottage-details/PENPO

 This post has been provided by Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages. For more information, call 01874 676446 or visit www.breconcottages.com

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